A series that has been a lightning rod for controversy from the moment the first trailer surfaced will return for a second season. Netflix announced plans today to bring back “Dear White People.”
The official trailer for the show, which you can see below, continues to generate a heated discussion about race in its comments section on YouTube, where “dislikes” outnumber “likes” by about 2-to-1. The show was accused of being racist, with some social media users calling for a Netflix boycott.
Netflix announced that production will begin later this year on a 10-episode second season. The series, which premiered on Netflix April 28, stars Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson.
“Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, ‘Dear White People’ is a send-up of the now post ‘post-racial’ America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a wholly unique path,” Netflix says in its renewal announcement. “The satirical series — which picks up where the acclaimed 2014 film by the same name left off — follows a group of Winchester University’s students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the millennial age.”
Netflix adds: “Through an absurdist lens, ‘Dear White People’ utilizes biting irony, self-deprecation and sometimes brutal honesty to hold up a mirror to the issues plaguing society today, all the while leading with laughter.”
Produced by Lionsgate for Netflix, “Dear White People” comes from creator and executive producer Justin Simien. Yvette Lee Bowser will return as showrunner, with Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev again executive-producing.